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Sketch of a young man in a cap created by a young Jewish soldier, 2nd Polish Corps

Object | Accession Number: 2012.471.39

Ink portrait sketch of a young man in a cap created by 22 year old Edward Herzbaum circa 1942 in Uzbekistan. Edward was a soldier in the 2nd Polish Corps, now attached to the British Army. The Corps was next stationed near Habbiniya, Iraq, from March-September 1943 receiving artillery and other military training. Edward, age 19, left Lodz, Poland, shortly after Nazi Germany occupied the country in September 1939. He went to stay with family in Soviet controlled Lvov. In June 1940, Edward was arrested by Soviet security police and exiled to a forced labor camp. Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. Edward was released as part of an amnesty granted to Polish forced laborers. He headed south to join Anders Army, a Polish military unit formed by General Anders per agreement with Stalin. In August 1942, the unit left Soviet territory and became the 2nd Polish Corps in the British Army. In February 1944, they deployed to join the 8th British Army in the Italian Campaign. They fought their way north and were in Italy in May 1945 when the war ended. Edward learned that his mother had died in the Lodz Ghetto in 1943. He resumed the study of architecture in Rome until the British decided to allow Polish Corps veterans to emigrate to England in October 1946. He studied architecture in Rome until the British decided to allow Polish Corps veterans to emigrate to England in October 1946. He then served in the Polish Resettlement Corps for two years and completed his degree.

Artwork Title
Young Soldier in a Knit Cap, fall 1942
Date
1942  (creation)
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Krystyna Mew
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